HOME      NEWS           AGENDA           LIBRARY           NETWORK           PROJECTS           NEWSLETTER           ABOUT US     

A common future for the AOS Group and Colliers International

Colliers International has announced that it has taken a majority shareholding in AOS Group in order to strengthen its foothold and extend its activities in Europe. AOS is renamed ‘Colliers International’ in Belgium, in France and in the other five markets within which it operates. The location of Colliers International at Antwerp in Belgium is relatively recent (2002) and modest compared to the size of this worldwide company which numbers over 15,800 members of staff in 63 countries. The Belgian team, under the leadership of Frank Valkeneers, numbers some fifteen persons who assist their clients in the domains of commercial, logistics and industrial advice and brokerage.

Synergy and complementarity
The acquisition of AOS enables Colliers International to extend its range of real estate services, in particular with advice and project management in the domain of the organisation and fit-out of work spaces. Based in Brussels, AOS employs around thirty persons. Pierre-Gilles Solvit, from AOS Group, becomes the new director of Colliers in Belgium. He emphasises the advantages of bringing the two companies together: “This partnership is immediately going to strengthen our activities in office property, particularly in the area of tenant representation, advice and project management, for which the expertise of AOS is already recognised. Along with this, where real estate advice and brokerage are concerned, Belgium continues to be a fruitful market thanks to its exposure to the logistics and industrial sector, underpinned by companies active in electronic trade”.
Since its creation in 1997, AOS has specialised in advice and assistance to companies, helping them to optimise the rental and occupancy costs of their offices. It has also provided a complete range of workspace solutions, from conception to execution, in order to transform clients’ premises into a competitive advantage which improves productivity, collaboration, the recruitment and retention of employees.

International expansion
Taking a majority shareholding in AOS Group fits in with the strategy of growth and diversification of the activities of Colliers International. This partnership grows its activities in Belgium and France as well as in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Morocco, countries in which AOS is located. Over recent years, Colliers International has carried out three other strategic acquisitions in the EMEA region, two in the UK and one in Hungary. The company has taken on over forty directors in Europe, seeking to develop its transactional activities along with its principal commercial lines in the most important markets – especially the UK, Germany, Poland and Russia. The company has also opened new offices in Georgia and Morocco. All of these acquisitions strengthen the Colliers presence and brand in Europe, for a group which employs over 2,300 professionals in the EMEA zone, working from 80 offices in 39 markets, and generating a turnover in this zone of 253.8 million Euros.

Pierre-Gilles Solvit, from AOS Group, becomes the new director of Colliers in Belgium.
[+] Pierre-Gilles Solvit, from AOS Group, becomes the new director of Colliers in Belgium.

 lire cette news en français
 dit nieuws in het nederlands lezen
| 22/10/2014

share:    facebook  twitter 

News in short
Arcadis continuing to expand | 22/2
'The Royal' brings more life back to city centre | 21/2
Trio changes hands | 20/2
Senior appointments at CBRE | 19/2
Towards uniform valuations | 15/2
Cofinimmo sells Egmont complex | 14/2
New chief at Cofinimmo | 9/2
Major E 313 logistics transaction | 8/2
Eric van Dyck back at Cushman | 7/2
Favourable opinion for Biestebroeck | 6/2
Record entries for Belfius Smart Belgium Awards | 2/2
National stadium gets a 'No go' | 31/1
Four Belgian finalists at Mipim Awards | 30/1
Another good year for logistics - JLL | 26/1
Woluwe sale raises the bar | 24/1
Lunch with a pragmatic Swiss architect | 23/1
Major Genappe project gets green light | 18/1
'Child prodigy' to speak at Mipim opening | 17/1
Quares to expand portfolio of student flats | 15/1
New care home contract in Middelkerke | 12/1
Grand Poste Liège - new look revealed | 10/1
2018 set to be positive - Cushman & Wakefield | 9/1
Eurostadium - another major delay, or worse. | 8/1
Wallonia to ban out of town shopping centres? | 4/1
Antwerp heading for a record | 20/12
Hotel market regaining health | 19/12
Mipim to look at new role of cities | 15/12
Belliard 40 attracts pre-lets | 14/12
Good public sector year - JLL | 13/12
Delta tower: Japanese/Belgian team wins competition | 13/12
New perspectives for the redevelopment of the Val-Saint-Lambert site in Liege | 12/12
Befimmo to buy Arts 56 | 12/12
Immobel acquisition in France | 11/12
The future of retailing - CBRE vision | 7/12
Belfius Smart Cities and EIB in La Panne initiative | 5/12
Quartier des Arts - defending Brussels heritage for 50 years | 4/12
SNCB – properties for sale? | 1/12
Mapic in tune with the times | 30/11
URBACT: the theory and the practice at Brussels conference | 28/11
Renewable energy innovation in Godinne hospital | 27/11